USCIRF Releases New Report on Iranian Propaganda Against Religious Minorities


Washington, DC – The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released a new report titled “Religious Propaganda in Iran.”

Religious Propaganda in Iran – This report details efforts by Iran’s government to spread misinformation and cultivate derogatory public opinion about religious minorities. The report identifies major traditional and social media outlets responsible for disseminating this messaging, and reviews the major themes Iran’s government deploys against Jews, Sunni Muslims, Gonabadi Sufis, Christian converts from Islam, and Baha’is. It demonstrates Iran’s systematic campaign to deny freedom of religion or belief to groups that do not conform to the government’s singular interpretation of Ja’afri Shi’a Islam.

In its 2022 Annual Report, USCIRF recommended that the U.S State Department designate Iran as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for its ongoing, systematic, and egregious religious freedom violations. USCIRF recently published a country update on religious freedom in Iran in 2022, held a hearing on “State-Sanctioned Religious Freedom Violations and Coercion by Saudi Arabia and Iran,” and highlighted the situation for religious prisoners of conscience in Iran on an episode of the USCIRF Spotlight Podcast.